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Surge Valves Increase Application Efficiency

Surge Valves Increase Application Efficiency

🕔05:40, 26.May 2016

In 2014, the Irrigation Team added surge valves to our list of tools to increase irrigation application efficiency.  When using a surge valve, water is applied in a series of on-off cycles alternating between two irrigation sets.  By utilizing surge

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First Soybean Rust of 2016 Detected in Three Southwest MS Counties

First Soybean Rust of 2016 Detected in Three Southwest MS Counties

🕔13:23, 25.May 2016

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, soybean rust was detected on kudzu in Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties in southwest MS. The observations of soybean rust yesterday mark the earliest appearance of the disease by a little more than 6 weeks as compared to the past. No specific management practices are suggested at this time.

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Utilizing Moisture Sensors to Increase Irrigation Efficiency

Utilizing Moisture Sensors to Increase Irrigation Efficiency

🕔13:16, 24.May 2016

Utilizing moisture sensors to trigger an irrigation event is one method to increase irrigation efficiency.  Using the “calendar” or the “neighbor” method of determining when to trigger an irrigation event is not the most efficient method.  Soil moisture sensors are

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Updated Soybean Disease Calendars for MG IV and MG V Soybean

Updated Soybean Disease Calendars for MG IV and MG V Soybean

🕔07:29, 21.May 2016

Included in this blog post are updated disease calendars for MG IV and MG V soybean to aid in scouting plant diseases. Keep in mind that several variables can impact the time of year when specific diseases are observed. Planting date, variety susceptibility, number of years a particular field has been in soybean, and prevailing environment can all play a role in when a disease is observed.

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Thrips Pressure Starting off Heavy in MS Cotton

Thrips Pressure Starting off Heavy in MS Cotton

🕔20:37, 20.May 2016

Calls about thrips treatments in seedling cotton have been picking up substantially this week. As ryegrass and other ditchbank hosts begin to dry down, thrips numbers will likely increase in the next couple weeks. The 100% chance of rain today (5/20) now

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When Should we Start Irrigating our Corn?

When Should we Start Irrigating our Corn?

🕔17:04, 20.May 2016

The recent stretch of dry weather has prompted much concern about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. We have considerable resources and information available to help answer this question and improve our corn productivity and profitability by implementing new strategies designed to address the crop needs.

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Plant Stand Effects on Peanut Yield

Plant Stand Effects on Peanut Yield

🕔10:46, 20.May 2016

This planting season has been pretty good to peanut growers overall.  While rainfall has been sporadic across the state, most of us have had several long, dry windows to get peanuts planted since about April 25.  Having said that, there

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Thrips in Peanut: When to Spray

Thrips in Peanut: When to Spray

🕔08:22, 20.May 2016

There are questions every year about spraying thrips in peanut. In general, we have recommended using an at-planting insecticide to manage thrips and that is adequate in most situations. However, we did a study two years ago where we sprayed peanuts

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Pipe Planner:  The Foundation Water Management Practice for Furrow Irrigated Systems

Pipe Planner: The Foundation Water Management Practice for Furrow Irrigated Systems

🕔06:43, 20.May 2016

To address the declining Mississippi River Valley Alluvial aquifer, Mississippi State University developed the Row-Crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research (RISER) program. RISER’s goal is to develop a science based approach for evaluating Irrigation Water Management (IWM) practices in the Mississippi Delta and

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Pre-conditioning of Watermark Sensors, a must do!

Pre-conditioning of Watermark Sensors, a must do!

🕔06:00, 19.May 2016

Rain is in the forecast for tonight. As of today only a few growers have initiated corn irrigation, mostly to incorporate fertilizer after missing the last rain opportunity. Elsewhere, growers are beginning to prepare for that first irrigation event.  Poly-pipe

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